Update: First Selectman Jayme Stevenson tweeted at 7:36 p.m.: “Found the culprit: fire on the lines on Leroy near the railroad. Power has been restored.” Update: 6:46 p.m. — Power came back in Darien as of 6:37 p.m., Eversource’s online Outage map says. Customers without power: “fewer than two,” according to the Web page. Update: 6:36 p.m. — All 221 Stamford customers who were without power had it back by 6:27 p.m., according to Eversource’s online Outage map.
In a domestic incident, a 56-year-old Darien man kicked a plastic laundry basket, which struck a victim in the shin, and he pushed the victim onto a bed, police said. The man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called to the home at 9:17 p.m., Sunday, May 30, where the victim gave police a description of the altercation. Other witnesses corroborated the victim’s account. After his arrest, the man was released on a $2,500 bond and was told to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on June 1.
In a domestic violence incident late Monday night, a Hecker Avenue man put his hands around the neck of someone else “in a forceful manner for a short time, causing pain to the victim,” police said. He was arrested. Police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police went to the home after an 11:06 p.m. call. They were told the incident started after the man began to argue with other people there. Although the man put his hands on the victim’s neck, the police announcement did not say there were any marks on the victim.
A Shields Lane resident received a call from a man who said he was from her bank and asked her to confirm some account information. That led to money being drained from her account with numerous purchases from Apple Stores in the Washington, D.C. area, police said. The woman told police on Friday morning, May 25 that she had past problems in with her bank, and assumed the man was calling because of that. She saw the Apple Store purchases on her bank statement.
A 43-year-old Darien woman had been issued a protective order forbidding her from assaulting a particular person, but she did anyway, in a domestic incident, Darien police said. Police gave this account of what happened:
The woman, according to the victim, arrived unannounced at a home in Darien sometime before 11:18 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 (when police were called). After about an hour, an argument took place, and at some point the woman struck the victim in the face with a closed fist. Police later saw that the victim had a visible injury on the victim’s nose. Police arrested the woman, charging her with violation of a protective order and third-degree assault.
The woman was held on a $50,000 bond until she was taken the following morning to state Superior Court in Stamford.
Trace evidence left in a Jeep Wrangler stolen in Darien in November 2019 led to the recent arrest of a man, who was also charged in connection to a facsimile of a firearm that was found in the vehicle which crashed after a Bridgeport police chase. Police didn’t say what the trace evidence was. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
The 2010 Jeep had been unlocked, with the keys inside, in the driveway at 27 Patricia Lane. It was no longer there by 8:04 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2019, when the owner reported it missing.
It’s not good for you when a police officer sees you driving erratically downtown. It’s worse when the officer sees you driving with a flat right front tire. It gets even worse when the officer sees your vehicle hit a parked car. And you’re truly in a difficult spot when the officer smells alcohol on your breath. All that is what a police officer reported seeing on the Post Road near Center Street at 10:28 p.m., Monday, May 24.
A 41-year-old Bridgeport man tried to rob a woman as she walked through the Center Street parking lot near Bodega Taco Bar, Darien police said. He first demanded money from her, and when she refused, he tried to grab her purse, but failed, police said. Police gave this further account, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called at 10 a.m. Officers went to the parking lot and got a description of the man from the victim and two other witnesses, who also corroborated her account. Police then checked the area and found Joseph Riley, who matched the description. He admitted that he had had an interaction with the woman and it was about money.
Blotter Date/Time 05/19/2021 2117hrs Location Hollow Tree Ridge Rd. / Allwood Rd. Both the driver and a passenger in a six-wheeled dump truck were severely injured when the truck appeared to have left the roadway at a sharp turn on Hollow Tree Ridge Road near Allwood Road, police said. The accident occurred shortly before 9:17 p.m., on Wednesday, May 19, when it was reported to police. Both injured people were treated at the scene by paramedics from Darien Emergency Services-Post 53 and taken to Stamford Hospital.
Police Department to Mark 40th Anniversary of Officer Kenneth E. Bateman’s Death in the Line of Duty
On Memorial Day and the night before, Darien Police Department will hold a ceremony marking the death of a man in uniform, Darien Officer Kenneth E. Bateman Jr., shot and killed when he went to the scene of a burglary. “To solemnly remember the 40th anniversary of Officer Bateman’s death, the Darien Police Department will post and illuminate 40 candles in front of the Darien Police Department building commencing at sunset on Sunday, May 30, 2021,” Police Chief Donald Anderson said in a statement released Monday morning. “The candles will burn throughout the night into May 31, 2021 in honor of Officer Bateman and will be extinguished at noon on Memorial Day, when both the Connecticut and United States flags are again returned to full staff per the United States Flag Code and by Presidential proclamation.” Bateman was killed by one of the burglars robbing Duchess, Anderson said. “Although this heinous crime remains unsolved, many Darien officers and investigators, now over several generations, have diligently continued and furthered the investigation into his murder.
Eversource is trimming and removing trees in Darien this month and in June as part of its ongoing work to reduce power outages during storms, and the utility has released a list of some streets where the tree work will take place. “In Darien, we’re doing tree work along some 60 miles of town roads this year, with crews from Lewis Tree Service doing the bulk of the work now through June,” a utility spokesman said. “Along with trimming, 111 hazardous trees are scheduled to be removed.” Schedule
Some of the work began earlier this month in the area of Tokeneke Road, Old Farm and Searles roads, Cliff Avenue and Raymond Street, a utility spokesman said. Here’s the rest of the schedule (all of the work is weather permitting, and schedules could change):
Area includes Boston Post Road, Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Rings End Road, Noroton Avenue and Nearwater Lane
Boston Post Road, Old Kings Highway and Locust Hill Road
Eversource’s Tree Cutting Program
Here’s Eversource’s description of why the tree work is taking place and information on the utility’s tree program:
“As you know, Tropical Storm Isaias caused massive damage to the state, with thousands of trees being damaged or destroyed.
According to Darien police, a 34-year-old Darien man left Stop and Shop twice with six packs of beer he hadn’t paid for, and on a third occasion he was found rummaging through employee lockers at a restaurant he had been forbidden to enter. Police gave these accounts of the separate incidents, including accusations not proven in court:
In the first incident, on Thursday, May 13, Stop & Shop employees told Darien police at 2:52 p.m., that a male had left the supermarket in the Goodwives Shopping Center carrying out a six pack of beer he hadn’t paid for. On Brookside Drive, Police found a male who matched the description of the person, and he had the six-pack. He was identified as Gregory Oakford of Mansfield Ave. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trespass.
A thief somehow got ahold of a check from an envelope put in a mailbox at Darien Post Office, then cashed it with a name the victim isn’t familiar with, Darien police said. The check was mailed on Jan. 20, but on April 2, the business where the check was directed contacted the victim to say that no payment had been received. The victim checked the bank account, which showed the check had been cashed on Jan. 26 — but after it was endorsed by a stranger.
A 43-year-old woman told Darien police that the driver of the car she was in had run off, but police found that difficult to believe because the car was in such bad shape after hitting a bridge abutment that it was unlikely the driver could have gotten out, police said. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Amy Moran of Highland Avenue in West Redding was in the vehicle when it was found at about 11:18 p.m., Sunday, March 7 at the intersection of the Post Road and Tokeneke Road. It was resting against the railroad bridge abutment on the eastbound-traffic lane of the Post Road. Moran told police that the vehicle belonged to her, but she hadn’t been driving it. The driver, she said, had left on foot.
A woman who went for a walk with her dog in Woodland Park late this Monday afternoon was careful to lock her 2010 Honda when she left it in the parking area off of Middlesex Road. But that didn’t prevent her purse, left on the passenger-side floor, from being stolen, along with the credit cards cash, identifying documents and personal checks in it, police were told. In the past, in Darien and elsewhere, thieves have gone to the parking lots of parks and other spots where they expect owners to be gone for enough time to allow the thief to smash a window and make off with a purse. Police have suggested leaving items like purses in car trunks — but putting them in trunks before parking in a lot at a park. Thieves have been known to watch for people doing that, too.
Just one thing was reported stolen over one night recently when four unlocked cars were entered while parked outside at Avalon Darien — a car key. That led to a fifth car at the same housing complex being stolen the same night. Darien police said the vehicles were entered sometime overnight Monday to Tuesday, April 26 to 27. Vehicles entered were a 2019 Lexus, 2013 Jeep and a 2013 Mercedes. A 2010 Honda was where the thief got the car key.